It was a whirlwind trip back to Ethiopia.  I was thankful the plane ride finally ended and a few days later we found ourselves back in our home!  It was an emotional weekend for me because in addition to unpacking, being jet lagged and saying hello to everyone…we also had to say goodbye to 2 great friends.

One of the things I love about living over here is the people who come over. It is so fun meeting so many different people.  For the past year, there have been 2 young guys working at a local orphanage.  They came for a year to help train local staff and manage tasks of the orphanage.  When we met them a year ago, I couldn’t have fathomed all we would know about them a year later.  The friendship all started with Paul beginning to hold Call of Duty parties at our dining room table.  Then they would come over for meals, or campfires, or get togethers, or movie nights.  They would often end up in Nathan’s room talking to Nathan or listening to Paul’s wisdom on love, God or surgery.

Paul, Nathan, Sam, Noah, Me, Lydia, Katie, Sophie

Sam and Noah, we are going to miss you.  But we are thankful that Ethiopia isn’t done with you yet!  It is exciting to see where God is leading you.  Thanks for being such an encouragement to us!

I wanted to end with a quote from a book I am reading.  It is called “Life Together” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  I would highly recommend this book, it is a great encouragement to any Christian community or church…

It is easily forgotten that the fellowship of Christian brethren is a gift of grace, a gift of the Kingdom of God that any day may be taken from us, that the time that still separates us from utter loneliness may be brief indeed.  Therefore, let him who until now has had the privilege of living a common Christian life with other Christians praise God’s grace from the bottom of his heart.  Let him thank God on his knees and declare: It is grace, nothing but grace, that we are allowed to live in community with Christian brethren.

Thanking God for the community in Ethiopia!